A loan of $875 helped to buy chickens, feed and medicine.

María Elizabeth's story

At Los Bajos de Montecristi, city known for its diversity of local products and crafts such as toquilla straw hats (Panama hat) known in and outside the country, the members of the community bank “Women for Progress” get together every 15 days.

This is where Maria lives, she is 30 years old, married and has two children ages eight and seven, her kids are in school. Her husband works occasionally.

Knowing that her husband doesn’t have a stable job, Maria used the little resources that she had and with her first loan, she built a small pen in her house and bought chickens to raise, she currently has 100 chickens, which she raises until they are ready for consumption and she sells to merchants that come to buy at her house or to neighbors, she either sells by the pound or by unit, depending on what her customers need.
This is how her and her family get ahead when her husband doesn’t get work, and it’s attributable to the loans the Foundation has provided to them.

This loan is to buy chickens, feed and medicine. She has been with the community bank for 4 years and she likes it because she gets ahead with the loans.

Her dream is to provide her kids with the best.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofia Burt

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